None of this refers to John Singleton Acton.I am looking for a Mary Blundon Acton, b abt 1875 and buried 1948 in Oak Hill Cemetery Lot 388.Was she a Blundon who married an Acton, or an old maid Acton?
So far as I know, William R. Acton married Ann Maria Jones, daughter of Jane Ann LNU and James W. Jones, Sr maybe abt 1818.Ann Acton then filed the first below petition in 1876.Ann's husband died and his will is dated 1892.I do not know the transcriber of either of the below documents, but they might contain useful information for Acton reserachers in the MD, VA, DC area.
To Wit Honor the Judges of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, sitting as a Court of Probate:
Your petitioner, Anna M. Acton is a resident and citizen of Georgetown in the District of Columbia, respectfully represents that she is the daughter of Jane Jann Jones late of said Georgetown, who departed this life, at her home and domicile in said Georgetown on the Second day of January 1876, testate, leaving your petitioner her sole executrix - that said testarix left a very small personal estate of household goods and money to the estimated value of one hundred dollars besides a small house and lot of the estimated value of eight hundred dollars, which she directs to be sold for the payment of debts and legacies, all of said property being in said Georgetown.
Your petitioner further represents that said testatrix left surviving her three children viz, your petitioner Ann A. Acton, James W. Jones of said Georgetown, and John D. Jones of the State of Iowa and three grandchildren, children of her deceased daughter Mary Elizabeth Blundon, viz, Mary Jane Burdett and Ann Maria Spaulding, of said Georgetown of full age, and Frances Blundon of the state of Virginia a ?? of the age of eighteen years, her only heirs at law.
Your petitioner therefore prays that Letter and Testamentary as sole executrix of said estate may be issued to her, according to law, upon said testatrix will being duly proved and an estate according to law, which will she herewith files and prays may, now be proceeded with to that end.And forasmuch as John D. Jones, one of the heirs at law of said estatrix does not reside in this District but in the state of Iowa, and said Francis Blundon in the State of Virginia, your petitioners prays that the usual notice be given by publication in the Evening Star newspaper of the city of Washington, DC that application for letters and testamonies as aforesaid have been made by your petitioner on the estate of the said testrix and for the probate of said will according to law.
And your petioner will be???Janaury 8, 1876
Will of William R. Acton
In the name of God,herein - I William R. Acton of Charles County, State of Maryland,
being in health of body and sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering
the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous of
settling my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it
shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament
in manner and form following - that is to say -
First I commit my soul into the hand of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently
buried at the discretion of my Executor herein after named. After my debts and funeral
expenses are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows.
I will and devise that my Executor hereinafter named shall have erected around my grave a
good and substantial iron railing and to have placed thereon a suitable monument and for
this purpose my executor is authorized to expend the sum of ($300.00) Three Hundred Dollars.
I will and devise unto my wife, Ann Maria Acton, the plantation on which I now reside
together with all household and kitchen furniture therein to hold and possess during her
single life and no longer and the sum of twelve hundred dollars shall be invested for her
support and the interest thereon shall be paid to her during her single life and no longer.
To my son, Emanuel F. Acton, I will and bequeath his note of hand due me for the sum of
Five ($550.00) Hundred and Fifty Dollars together with all the interest that may accrue
thereon after the time of my death.
After my death, I will and devise that my executor shall sell my horse and buggy and out
of the proceeds of the sale thereof he shall pay to the vestry of Paul’s (P.E.) Church,
the sum of One ($100.00) Hundred Dollars or in case the said horse and buggy do not bring
this amount then he is authorized to pay the deficiency out of any sum of money which may
be in his hand and not otherwise devised.
After the death of my wife, Ann Maria Acton, for the purpose of erecting a good and
substantial iron railing around her grave and placing thereon a suitable tombstone,
I authorize my executor to expend the sum of ($150.00) One Hundred and Fifty Dollars.
After the death of my wife, Ann Maria Acton, I will and devise that my executor shall pay
to my grandson, Plinny Moore (if he be of legal age or in case he is not then to his mother,
Margaret A. Moore) for his use the sum of One ($100.00) Hundred Dollars.After the death
of my wife, Ann Maria Acton, I will and devise that my executor shall sell my farm on which
I now reside and also my lot of ground situated at Malcolm on the Southern Md. R.R. and the
net sum of money realized from said sale, together with all the rest and residue of my
estate not otherwise bequeathed shall be equally divided between my sons, William C. Acton,
Christopher C. Acton, Eugene M.L. Acton, and my daughters, Margaret A. Moore, Eliza R. Langley
and the children of my deceased daughter Maria C. Boswell said last named children of my
daughter Maria C. Boswelldeceased shall draw jointly one-sixth of the whole share
(collectively) equal to those which their mother would be entitled to draw - were she living
at the time of my wife’s death.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Henry L. Mudd to be trustee for my wife,
Ann Maria Acton and he is requested and instructed by me to see that she is properly taken
care of and I also constitute and appoint the said Henry L. Mudd to be sole Executor of this
my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I bequest set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of May in the year of
our Lord Eighteen Hundred and ninety-two.
William R. Acton (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declaredby the above William R. Acton as and for his last will and testament in our presence and in the presence of each other have here set our hands as witnesses.
Philip A. Sasscer
John S. Acton